A review of The Moonstone (by Wilkie Collins)

This novel was very intriguing. I’m not at all into detective books, they’ve just never been interesting for me, but The Moonstone was a smash hit. Almost immediately, I was immersed in the book, and I was stunned at how the book had so much suspense! I was practically squirming in my seat to know what would happen next. Needless to say, I loved The Moonstone, and I couldn’t wait to write a review about it.

The Moonstone

The Moonstone, a yellow diamond looted from an Indian temple and believed to bring bad luck to its owner, is bequeathed to Rachel Verinder on her eighteenth birthday. That very night the priceless stone is stolen again and when Sergeant Cuff is brought in to investigate the crime, he soon realizes that no one in Rachel’s household is above suspicion. The Moonstone quickly tears apart the Verinder family, and hard feelings emerge. When it all proves to much for anyone to handle, an unlikely person provides the first clue as to who has stolen the diamond. It is soon a race against the clock to prove to everyone who stole it, before harsh feelings and suspicion make nothing the same again.

I thought that all the characters were highly interesting, and it’s amazing that Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone is considered the first detective novel. I can see why, because there are so many plot twists and turns, that even the reader is bumfuzzled as to who the thief is. All of the characters are suspect, and it’s really shocking when you find out what happened to The Moonstone. I recommend this book to classic lovers and fiction fans.

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